CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Parents erupted into applause Thursday night during the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board meeting.

The board faced a major dilemma. Last year, voters approved a bond that included two big projects: upgrading Chapel Hill High School and expanding the Lincoln Center to house all Pre-K classes. But as costs rose, board members realized they only had enough money to cover one project.

Parents and students spoke out during the meeting, asking the board to pick Chapel Hill High over the Lincoln Center.

“I know a lot of students who don't want to go to class. Not because of the teacher, not because the students that are in it, but because it smells terrible,” said student Eden Baker.

The board members previously thought the Lincoln Center should take priority because it would free up space at other schools. That would allow the district to fall into compliance with a new state law regarding class sizes. But after listening to parents, they changed their minds and agreed with the school upgrades.

“I feel confident that they made the right decision. That's why we were all here and involved,” said parent, Amy Strunk, after the vote.

Board members say they're still stuck on how to fund the Lincoln Center project, given that Orange County commissioners said they will not provide any additional funding.

A notice to accept construction bids for Chapel Hill High School could go out this week.